South Africa has an estimated 3.3 million illiterate adults. A percentage of the population that is far too high for a country that is striving to overcome decades of social and educational injustice. If this situation is allowed to continue the attitudes of this portion of the population will inevitably impact the young learners of today. For this reason Adult Basic Education and Training programs are being rolled out aggressively not only in urban centres throughout the country, but in rural areas where the problem has traditionally been even worse. Both business and government have shown their commitment to the ABET concept and this is today showing dividends in an increasingly literate populace.